Wellness

7 Best Supplements for Healthy Children!

7 Best Supplements for Children

Our children’s health is so important in this age of fast food, preservatives, toxic chemicals, poor water quality and poor air quality.  When we can choose organically produced foods and natural whole foods for our family, of course, it is best, but what can we do for our children who are picky eaters or who may be on restrictive diets?  We must bolster their diet with whole-food supplements that will assist their little bodies to utilize the nutrients they are consuming and protect them against the onslaught of toxins in their environment.

We know that our nation’s farming soils are nutrient depleted, so we must compensate by supplementing each of our diet’s with quality products.  We need to provide our families with quality, pure water sources and do the best we can to afford organic and natural whole foods.

In our fast-paced society, too many of us eat out or don’t cook from scratch when we do eat at home.  This can cause some real health issues in our families that need our attention.  I would definitely encourage you to take responsibility for your family’s diet and direct them to more whole-foods that are naturally and organically grown.

Even when we only eat organic products, we can still be missing nutrients necessary for wellness.  That’s why some nutrients are referred to as essential.  Nutrients, such as essential fatty acids, are categorized as essential because our bodies do not produce these nutrients.  We must ingest these nutrients from our foods or through supplementation.

If you have been following me for any length of time, you know I am a loyal fan of Nature’s Sunshine Products.  NSP has been providing quality and value in their supplements and products since 1972!  I started with them when I suffered severe health issues and by 1993 decided to take my health and wellness into my own hands.  I sought out a health food store and it happened to be a retail NSP store.  I told the owner to fix me and using NSP saved my life—literally!  I experienced an improvement in my health in the first six days!  And, it has improved ever since.

I can honestly say, that at age 57 I am healthier now than I ever was in my mid-thirties when I started with NSP!  I feel good and don’t look 57.  Rarely do people get my age correct.  They always think I am younger than I am.  I’ll take that kind of wellness any day!!!

I’ve had over 22 years to try other, cheaper products and I always return to Nature’s Sunshine Products, because I don’t get the health benefits I’ve enjoyed with using NSP.  The quality just isn’t there.  NSP has the quality and value (especially when becoming a member and order directly online) that is so superior to any supplement company I have ever tried.

NSP knows the plants and animals/fish they use are of pure quality and without contamination, because they know their growers and producers.  Not many other companies can verify their product source back to the growers, themselves.  There have been many times over the years that NSP has announced that a particular source is contaminated and doesn’t meet their high standards of quality, so they refuse to produce those products.  Yet, other companies continue to produce supplements from the contaminated source!  I love and trust NSP’s integrity and quality assurance.

That being said, it’s time to move into the supplements that are very beneficial for our children.  Not only does NSP have specially designed children’s supplements, many of their other 600+ products are safe for children, too!!

In this post, we will discuss seven of the best supplements for helping children stay healthy all year long.  It is my goal to help you and your family live strong, healthy, vital lives that feel good for a life-time.  These supplements are not in any particular order.  Enjoy!

Sunshine Heroes Elderberry Immune (90 Soft Chews) – Stock No. 3347-8

Benefits:

  • Supports the immune system.
  • Supplies key immune-enhancing herbs and vitamins.
  • Has a delicious fruit flavor kids love.

How It Works:

Fall and winter months can be especially challenging for children. Their underdeveloped immune systems and picky diets often lack vitamins and nutrients. Sunshine Heroes Elderberry Immune soft chews provide key vitamins, minerals, herbs and other nutrients that play essential roles in building and maintaining healthy immune function, including vitamin D and elderberry. Mounting evidence shows that in addition to supporting bone health, vitamin D is critical to the immune system. Vitamin D shortages are now being recognized as widespread in the United States, prompting health officials to plan an increase to the Recommended Daily Intakes for children and adults. Scientific evidence suggests that vitamin D offers a variety of benefits to the immune system, including enhancing innate immunity. In fact, vitamin D receptors are present on activated T- and B-lymphocytes, monocytes and macrophages—all important components of the immune system.

Elderberry fruit contains flavonoids—antioxidants that help support the immune system. Elderberry has been widely studied and found to boost the immune system. A randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled study found that people who received elderberry extract had significantly stronger immune system response compared to a placebo group.

Ingredients:

Vitamin C, vitamin D3, zinc, sodium, elderberries extract, astragalus root, Echinacea purpurea root extract, reishi mushroom mycelium, maitake mushroom and the Sunshine Heroes Protector Shield blend.

Recommended Use:

Chew up to 2 soft chews per day as a dietary supplement. Chew carefully and thoroughly before swallowing.

COACH’S NOTE:  These are great when you notice your little one’s under the weather.  At the first signs of un-wellness, get them started on these.  Or, simply keep them on these yummy chews during the cold/flu season at school.  Prevention is so important to help our children make it through the year healthy and happy!

Sunshine Heroes Multiple Vitamin & Mineral (90 Soft Chews)Stock No. 3341-6

Benefits:

  • Provides 50–100% of the children’s RDA for 11 vitamins and minerals.
  • Contains a proprietary blend of whole foods, fruit juice concentrates and micro-nutrients.
  • Supplies antioxidants and phytochemical nutrients.
  • Ensures growing bodies get adequate amounts of vital nutrients.

How It Works:

Sunshine Heroes Multiple Vitamin & Mineral provides 100% of the Recommended Daily Allowance for vitamins A, C, D3, E, B6, B12, folic acid, biotin, pantothenic acid and zinc. Pediatricians recommend a daily multiple vitamin and mineral supplement for children who may not eat regular, well-balanced meals with lots of fresh, whole foods; picky eaters; children with high activity levels; children who eat a lot of fast food and processed foods; and children who eat dairy-free or other restricted diets. A multiple vitamin and mineral supplement is also recommended for children who may drink a lot of carbonated sodas, which can leach nutrients from the body.

Ingredients:

Vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D3, vitamin E, vitamin B6, folic acid, vitamin B12, biotin, pantothenic acid, calcium, iodine, magnesium, zinc, sodium and the Sunshine Heroes Protector Shield blend.

Recommended Use:

Chew up to 4 soft chews per day as a dietary supplement. Chew carefully and thoroughly before swallowing.

COACH’S NOTE:  If I were raising children now, this is where I would start.  I am a huge proponent of a solid foundation of nutrition.  Many times our body will make corrections on its own if given an excellent quality multiple vitamin and mineral supplement.  If you can afford only one supplement for your children—make it this one!  I start every client, adult or child, on a multiple vitamin and mineral.

Sunshine Heroes Calcium Plus D3 (90 Soft Chews)Stock No. 3343-1

Benefits:

  • Supports the structural system.
  • Provides 300 mg of calcium, equivalent to 8 oz. of milk.
  • Supports the health of bones and teeth.
  • Provides 75% of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ new vitamin D3 guidelines.

How It Works:

Calcium is the most abundant mineral, and lifelong calcium intake is essential for the development and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth. Obtaining adequate calcium is especially important during childhood and adolescence, when bones grow and develop.

Each serving of Sunshine Heroes Calcium Plus D3 provides calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D, which work closely together to build strong bones and teeth. Vitamin D is well-known for its role in helping the body maintain healthy levels of calcium and phosphorus and for building and maintaining healthy bones. Calcium can only be absorbed by the body when vitamin D is present. Recent scientific evidence suggests that vitamin D also plays a vital part in maintaining innate immunity. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently doubled the recommended amount of vitamin D that children should get daily. The new guidelines recommend at least 400 international units (IU) per day. But most children don’t get enough vitamin D. The AAP states that the best way to ensure that children receive adequate vitamin D is through supplementation.

Ingredients:

Vitamin D3, calcium, phosphorus, sodium and the Sunshine Heroes Protector Shield blend.

Recommended Use:

Chew up to 3 soft chews per day as a dietary supplement. Chew carefully and thoroughly before swallowing.

COACH’S NOTE:  Calcium and Vitamin D, together, are the powerhouse of building strong bones and teeth.  Our Standard American Diet (SAD) doesn’t cover enough nutrients—especially for children.

Sunshine Heroes Omega-3 Plus DHA (90 Soft Chews)Stock No. 3342-4

Benefits:

  • Supports the nervous and circulatory systems.
  • Provides essential building blocks for health and development.
  • May help enhance brain growth and development.
  • Supports the brain, eyes and central nervous system.

How It Works:

Sunshine Heroes Omega-3 with DHA is a uniquely formulated children’s supplement that provides omega-3 fatty acids. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) are essential fatty acids found almost exclusively in fish that live in deep, cold water. These fatty acids are key building blocks in every cell in the body. DHA and EPA are recognized for their health benefits in all life stages and are essential components as the body grows and develops. DHA is critical for the optimal development and function of the brain, eyes and central nervous system during infancy and childhood. Further, DHA is a major structural fat in the brain and eyes, representing approximately 97% of all omega-3 fats in the brain and 93% of all omega-3 fats in the retina.

Ingredients:

Fish oil, DHA, EPA and the Sunshine Heroes Protector Shield blend.

Recommended Use:

Chew up to 4 soft chews per day as a dietary supplement. Chew carefully and thoroughly before swallowing.

COACH’S NOTE:  If your kiddos are having trouble with their eyes or brain-fog—get this product now!  Remember the essential nutrients that we require from food or supplements?  This is major!!  Our bodies do not make these oils—we have to ingest them from outside sources.  Excellent product for every day consumption.

Sunshine Heroes Whole Foods Papayazyme (90 Chewable Tablets)Stock No. 3345-3

Benefits:

  • Supports the digestive and immune systems.
  • Aids digestion and intestinal function.
  • Strengthens immune response.

How It Works:

Digestive enzymes are protein complexes that are essential for food digestion. They break down foods into nutrients that can be absorbed and used to build all body systems, including cells, tissues, organs, glands, hormones, etc. There are three main categories of digestive enzymes: proteolytic enzymes that digest protein, amylases for carbohydrate digestion and lipases to break down fat. Whole Foods Papayazyme combines pineapple and papaya fruits—whole food sources of digestive enzymes—and is fortified with additional digestive enzymes, including proteolytic amylase for healthy digestion of most food types. Whole Foods Papayazyme provides digestive enzymes at levels that are safe for chewing and gentle enough for children.

Ingredients:

Bromelain, alpha-amylase, papain, papaya fruit concentrate, pineapple fruit juice concentrate and the Sunshine Heroes Protector Shield blend.

Recommended Use:

Chew 1 tablet (children under 4) or 2 tablets (children over 4) before meals as a dietary supplement.

COACH’S NOTE:  Many children don’t produce enough enzymes for proper digestion.  Especially if your child is blood-type A, B or AB (primarily vegetarian food requirements/very low meat).  These blood-types simple don’t always make enough enzymes and will suffer more tummy upset after eating.  Blood-type O tends to fair better with digestion, but will still benefit if they are gassy because they are eating too many carbs and dairy, and not enough veggies.  Watch for another blog post regarding eating for your blood-type.  Most of us need a food enzyme when eating a large meal.

Probiotic Power (90 Chewable Tablets) – Stock No. 3346-7

Benefits:

  • Supports the digestive and intestinal systems.
  • Aids digestion and intestinal function.
  • Strengthens immune response.

How It Works:

The human body relies on a healthy level of probiotics for numerous functions, including metabolizing foods, absorbing nutrients and maintaining a proper balance of intestinal flora. Probiotic microbes have a symbiotic relationship with their human hosts—both the probiotics and the humans benefit from their relationship. It is estimated that over 400 different types of normal flora inhabit the human gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts. Studies have shown that children age 1 to 6 years old who attended day care centers and were given milk containing Lactobacillus rhamnosus missed fewer days of day care than children not receiving the probiotic. Studies have also shown that a healthy intestinal bacterial colonization may reduce the risk of food allergies in infants. Researchers have also found that probiotics aid digestion. Each chewable tablet of Sunshine Heroes Probiotic Power contains 1 billion friendly cultures from 11 strains of probiotics.

Ingredients:

Bifidobacterium bifidum, Bifidobacterium infantis, Bifidobacterium longum, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Lactobacillus brevis, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus salivarius, Lactobacillus casei, Streptcoccus thermophilus and the Sunshine Heroes Protector Shield blend.

Recommended Use:

Chew 1 to 2 tablets daily as a dietary supplement. Chew carefully and thoroughly before swallowing.

COACH’S NOTE:  If your little one is suffering with bloat, gas, or difficulty with having a bowel movement every day, you should consider using this probiotic.  Or, if they are sick a lot.  Most of our immune system is in the gut and if the flora is out of balance because of poor diet, picky eater or antibiotic use, this probiotic powerhouse is a must!  When our intestinal flora gets out of balance our whole system will have difficulty utilizing the nutrients we ingest.  This supplement is paramount after a round of antibiotics.  A healthy child makes for a happier family!

Sunshine Brite Toothpaste (3.5 oz. tube) – Stock No. 2851-6

Benefits:

  • Is all natural, with no artificial flavors, sweeteners or colors.
  • Contains no fluoride.
  • Has superior cleaning ability.
  • Has a refreshing mint tingle flavor.

How It Works:

Sunshine Brite Toothpaste features hydrated silica powder, calcium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate to help remove stains and polish teeth without damaging tooth enamel. Sunshine Brite also contains soothing aloe vera gel, goldenseal, myrrh, Icelandic moss, astragalus, green tea and elderberry for natural oral health care. Sunshine Brite is naturally flavored with real mint. It contains no fluoride, which can be dangerous to children. Enjoy its fresh Mint Tingle sensation as you brush.

Ingredients:

Sorbitol, hydrated silica, deionized water, glycerin, sodium bicarbonate, calcium carbonate, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, natural mint flavors, stevia, sodium hydroxide solution, cellulose gum, carageenan, corn oils unsaponifiables, Astragalus sinicus extract, myrrh gum resin, goldenseal root extract, Iceland moss extract, green tea leaf extract, elderberry fruit extract and Aloe barbadensis.

Recommended Use:

Brush teeth at least twice daily after meals. See your dentist regularly. For maximum gum health, let toothpaste foam remain in the mouth for one minute before rinsing.

COACH’S NOTE:  This isn’t a supplement, per se, but normal toothpaste can be a chemical sh*tstorm!  Little ones can be exposed to horrible chemicals that are so toxic to their little developing bodies straight from their toothpaste.  As parents, we know much of the bubbles from toothpaste get swallowed, so why not let them be safe and non-toxic?  Sunshine Brite Toothpaste is healing to gums and teeth.  A healthy mouth is a happy mouth!  And, parents can relax, knowing there are no toxic chemicals in their child’s toothpaste!

THE BONUS ROUND!

I know I said I would only talk about supplements, but I actually have two other things to mention here.

  • Pure water is essential to good health. If you are concerned about your family’s water quality, please contact me directly or visit my website, MaryAnnPack.com, for information on the British Berkefeld water purification systems.  My family and I have used these, and only these, water purifiers since 1999.  Go to the Wellness tab and scroll down to the picture of the British Berkefeld, under it is a link to a FAQ page or simply click here.
  • Well-being is our natural state! I cannot write a post about wellness without the most important component, in my opinion.  You and your family’s alignment with your Inner Being/Source Energy.  If you are not feeling good and happy most of the time, you are out of energy balance with your Source.  As I stated at the beginning of this section—our natural state is that of well-being.  Well-being is constantly flowing all around us and to us, but it is us who decide whether or not we allow it to flow through  us.  Make feeling good your priority.  The only way to do that is to think positive thoughts.  If you have a negative home with unhappy children or a home with a lot of sickness, you are out of balance with Source.  Everything we experience is attracted to us by invitation from our dominant thought patterns.  It is our choice to live happily ever after with entire well-being!  I have plenty of other posts that give instructions as to alignment with Source.  Another great source is my mentor, Abraham-Hicks.

Here’s to a happy, healthy life!  I love y’all and hope to hear from you soon!

All is Well!

If you enjoyed this blog post, please like, comment and share!  Thanks in advance!!

MAP 12-2015 rev

Mary Ann Pack, YOUR Life & Wellness Coach

PS:  Please don’t wait until your children get sick or their health is compromised to learn how to use supplements.  I am always available by phone (903) 227-0273 and by email at maryannpackcoaching@gmail.com.  I’d be happy to give you a complimentary consultation for you and your little ones!  Let’s get your appointment scheduled today!

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